Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka 

This Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka includes Apple Brandy, Vodka, and Hard Apple Cider and was absolutely fantastic for a Fall cocktail.

Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka Served in a Highball Glass with Halloween Decor

Six words consumed me last week. ‘Host is going out of business.’ I run a web development business professionally and hearing that they were going out of business was frantic; not just me but ALL of my clients were hosted there! I could have used an Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka but had to wait.

Now trying to move several sites before a ridiculous deadline so while I needed a drink and wished I could have stopped, I had no time to make one. Friday Cocktail lives but it missed a week! 🙂

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I hope I make up for it with this cocktail. I’m all about the apple right now and this cocktail has them in spades. Apple Cider. Applejack Brandy. Hard Cider. Oh and some vodka for good measure. Of course!

While I typically would turn to a darker liquor to mix with an apple concoction, the vodka in this was fantastic. It gave it an edge but kept it lighter which was perfect as I wanted to differentiate it from other favorites I’ve concocted; most notably this Bourbon and Apple Cider Cocktail.

If you’re like me and not really into cocktails with eyeballs floating in them for Halloween; this is another great seasonal drink that would be welcome for any Fall bash.

Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka Served in a Highball Glass Large Sphere Ice Cube

I’m fortunate to be offered a wide variety of cocktail products to try but until recently had never heard from the folks at Ketel One. Which was sad because it’s always been my favorite mixer (I’m not the straight up type; never will be). It is a smooth no frills vodka with a price tag that belies the quality I’ve found.

It is simply one of the cleanest vodkas I’ve tried and while some think it a shame to mix it into a cocktail; for me it’s perfect. I want a good product, not a cheap one that would ruin my concoctions without breaking the bank in the process.

The Ketel One company thrives on the legacy of the Nolet family of Dutch distillers, which are now in the 10th generation, and this family legacy is unusual in the big names of vodka. Their two flavored vodkas (Citroen and Oranje) are also favorites as they’ve taken a light hand with the flavor.

I like a good flavored vodka with flavors that have always worked in vodka. I don’t like ones that hit you over the head with some awful sugary sweet mix. Yes, I’m thinking Cake Vodka. Gets a big EWWW from me!

If you have either of the flavors on hand, I think they would work equally well with this lineup; I would have loved to try it with orange but I was all out. Sad face. What I will try it with? This Sugar and Spice Popcorn I posted earlier this week. Perfect with an apple based cocktail.

Bottle of Ketel One Vodka

Have you noticed that your favorite watering hole is now serving cocktails over large spheres (affiliate link) or squares of ice? It’s not just for looks either. The larger pieces have less surface area than all those little pieces combined and as a result they melt slower. Up to ten times slower! Perfect for a sipping cocktail like this when slower is better.

By the way, I have a good friend who often comes over when I’m in the cocktail making mode. She commented yesterday that she has had more cocktails that she would have never thought of trying before and has surprised herself even with how much she loves them. In particular some favorites I’ve shared with her that include bourbon. I think I know the secret behind her change of heart.

Taking a light hand with the booze! I try to make a good cocktail, not one to leave you staggering out the door after two of them. That means finding a good ratio for the alcohol and the other ingredients. Don’t make the mistake I think too many bars do and throw an extra measure in thinking it will turn your patrons friends into undying fans.

This cocktail is a great example. I first tried it with just the vodka, Applejack and hard cider and it wasn’t until I included some fresh apple cider that it really came together they way I had envisioned. Sometimes less booze really is more. Cheers!

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Apple Cider Cocktail with Vodka Served in a Highball Glass with Halloween Decor

Apple Cider and Vodka Cocktail

Creative Culinary
A delicious fall beverage with apple cider, apple jack, vodka and hard cider.
3.80 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Vodka
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 174 kcal



  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup apple brandy
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 12 ounces hard cider chilled
  • Apple slices for garnish


  • Mix the vodka, apple brandy and apple cider together in a small pitcher and chill for 1 hour.
  • Pour over ice or an ice ball and fill the glass 2/3 full.
  • Top off with the hard cider and stir.
  • Garnish with apple slices.


I made this in a pitcher for a crowd. If you need a smaller amount, simply measure 1 part each of the vodka, apple brandy and apple cider with 1.5 parts hard cider.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Cider and Vodka Cocktail
Serving Size
1 grams
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword apple, apple cider, black vodka, cocktails
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This post was sponsored by Ketel One Vodka however all commentary is my own.

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  1. You’re so right that you don’t want to screw around with ratios in cocktails! Unbalanced drinks just aren’t fun. But there’s everything fun about this drink! The vodka is interesting, but when you say it works, I believe you (you know your stuff). Sorry about your web host — I’ve wondered for a bit about how viable a business that is. I can see us ending up with just a handful of monster hosting companies. Anyway, good post — thanks.

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